Pelosi: ‘Right Now, We Are Fighting the Repeal’ of Obamacare

By Penny Starr | January 25, 2017 | 5:01pm EST

House Minority Leader Nancy

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Penny Starr)

( – If Republicans have ideas on how to further the goals of Obamacare – “improve quality of care, expand access, and reduce cost” – Democrats will listen, but until then, “we are fighting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

In her comments during a Wednesday press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi further said that Republicans do not have a plan to replace Obamacare, although three GOP senators -- Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) -- have released their replacement plan in recent days. asked Pelosi, “Yesterday Sens. Cassidy and Collins put out a plan for replacing Obamacare, the Patient Freedom Act of 2017. And in that they even say that states could keep the Obamacare exchanges if they want to. Also Rand Paul has put out a plan to replace Obamacare and I keep hearing that there is no plan to replace it. Do you stand by that?”

Pelosi said, “In other words, what others have said on the Republican side of the aisle is that  -- I believe even the chairman of the Health Committee, Chairman Alexander – that they really can’t act unless they see something from the president of the United States – his proposal.”

“So, while individuals may have some suggestions, we have to see what is their proposal,” she said.

“What we have set as a standard is that the goals that were set by the Affordable Care Act were to improve quality of care, expand access and reduce cost,” Pelosi said. “Any proposal that they would present would have to stay on that course, which the Affordable Care Act has been very successful in achieving.”

“So when we see something, obviously, if they have a good idea we’d like to hear what it is and we’d like to work together,” Pelosi said. “But right now we are fighting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.”

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